China is engulfed by smog

October 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

When a major Chinese city had to shut down for days due to dangerous levels of smog, you know the country has some serious issues. And no, this was not due to a wild fire or a weather disaster. It was due to increased industrial activities, which caused an alarming level of pollution. I guess that’s the cost of having to provide employment for hundreds of millions of people. But if the country has to face many more of these “off” days in the future due to smog, what type of future will await the next generation of Chinese? I fear for the young Chinese people who will inherit this terrible legacy.

A trip to Santa Anita?

October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am planning to go to Santa Anita Park on Saturday November 2 to watch a few of the Breeders Cup races. This is one of the more notable horse racing events in America and will happen to coincide with my trip to LA on that day. I am neither a gambler nor a horse racing fan, but I do enjoy a spectacle like the Breeders Cup. It is always entertaining to watch majestic race horses in person. If you can’t make it to the races, this two-day event will be broadcast on TV. (Check out the 2013 Breeders Cup TV Schedule.) My goal is actually to attend the Kentucky Derby, which is the most famous horse race in the world. Unfortunately, I live in San Diego and this race is in Kentucky, meaning I won’t be able to go there anytime soon. I could still watch it on TV though. Happy racing!

Can squash become a mainstream sport?

October 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Squash is one of those obscure sports that are trying to gain mainstream relevance. Its federation lobbied hard every Olympic cycle to be included into the Olympic Games, but its effort was rejected every time. As of right now, squash only has a noticeable presence in a few countries, mainly England, Malaysia, United States, South Africa and some European countries. It was the sport’s hope that an inclusion in the Olympics would raise its profile and introduce the game to more people. Unfortunately, it was beat out by rugby and golf four years ago and now by wrestling.

Despite the failure, squash fans can take solace in the fact squash still has a healthy competitive circuit with an adequate number of events. The most important event is surely the world championships (also called world open). The men’s championship is set for a week from now. (Check out the 2013 World Squash Championship Broadcast Schedule). If you are new to squash, give it a chance.

Scamming the scammer

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

I was a near “victim” of a popular scam the other day. I received a call from a man with an Indian accent who claimed to be from Microsoft’s Windows Tech Support. He said that the Microsoft server has detected a critical error on my computer and offered to remove it remotely. I recognized the fraud right away and decided to play a little with him. I told him to provide a reference number and his name. The fraudster appeared to be caught off guard by my “request”, but proceeded to provide me something that resembles more of a phone number than a reference number. He also used an American name, even though I was 100% sure he was a man of Indian descent. Our conversation ended after I told him I know people who work for Microsoft and will contact them directly about my computer’s purportedly problems. I even said that I will commend him with Microsoft for doing a good job. I think he got my message and won’t be calling me again.

Figure skating on TV!

October 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

This week’s Skate America marks the start of the 2013-14 competitive figure skating season. Top skaters from around the world compete in 6 grand prix events with the winners advancing to the final. The two most anticipated grand prix events are Skate America and Skate Canada International, which will be held next week. (Check out the 2013 Skate Canada TV Schedule). Top American skaters are Olympic champion Evan Lysacek, who is returning after an injury bout, Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold (whom is lauded by many as a potential star in the future.) International stars to watch for are¬†Evgeni Plushenko, Daisuke Takahashi and Mao Asada.¬†

New Thanksgiving Quiz!

October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

I just updated my website with a new set of Thanksgiving trivia questions with answers. They are designed to be easy enough for kids to enjoy but hard enough to test the adults. The quiz covered many Thanksgiving topic ranging from history and popular culture. Enjoy and Happy Holiday (a month early)!

Government shutdown provides time for self-reflection

October 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Before the shutdown, lots of people were predicting disastrous consequences for America and the world. But after a week of tribulations, these predictions have yet to realize. No one has died from this shutdown and life is in no way disrupted. Instead, it gives us a chance for self-reflection. Having a government is a good thing, but we should not rely everything on the government. Take care your body well and you will spend fewer trips to the emergency room. Build a relationship with friends & family and help each other when they need us. Life is a wonderful thing, but we need to put it in good use and not over-rely on a thing called government.

However, I do think it is time for the government shutdown to end. Regardless of how you feel about government, it still provides essential services to each and everyone of us. Limited government is good, but no government is unacceptable.

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